August 21, 2012
Keylee Sayler, AQHA’s international intern, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls horsemanship clinic team teach riders in Wollbach, Germany.
By AQHA International Intern Keylee Sayler
The camp went great! The sun was shining, the weather was warm and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls team did an awesome job teaching the clinic. The four-day camp was held at Trainingstall Kayser in Wollbach, Germany, owned by our terrific host, Micky Kayser.
At the start of camp, participants were eager to learn better horsemanship skills. The UWRF team did a great job providing them with a solid foundation. Participants rode in the mornings and afternoons, and at the end of each day, they had an unmounted session where they learned more about classes like western pleasure and working cow horse. The camp consisted of nine people, which gave the UWRF team the ability to do a lot of one-on-one time and help participants to progress very quickly.
The UWRF team focused on teaching participants how to gain control of the four parts of the horse’s body:
Clinic participants learned and practiced several drills that helped gain control of the horse’s body. Some of these drills were:
- Making a square
- Loping round circles
- Sidepassing over poles
- Stopping and backing
- How to “feel” the horse: The UWRF team would have riders shorten and lengthen their horse’s stride using just their body and would have them say out loud when certain legs would hit the ground. This helped participants gain more feel of the horse and learn timing, which becomes essential when trying to execute difficult maneuvers like lead changes, spins and stops.
- How to work cattle
- Problem solving: For the last part of the day, the UWRF team helped participants with any specific things they thought they needed help on.
When the camp was done, our host, Micky Kayser, took us to Bamberg, Germany, where we were able to tour and enjoy the breathtaking sites of the Imperial Cathedral, St. Michael’s Church and the rose garden.
Don’t miss out: Sam Houston State University is now on the way back home to Texas after teaching a final clinic in Italy. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls team and I will be heading to Slovenia for the last camp of the summer.
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